According to the NRA's website, about 12 states do not require a permit to conceal-carry a handgun. "The changes that they made essentially do away with the key components of the concealed carry weapons permitting system".
Supporters argue that the bill would equalize concealed carry-open carry laws in the state, while opponents continue to raise concerns about safety and gun violence.
The House voted to table an amendment John proposed that would have increased penalties for improperly carrying either a concealed or visible firearm "in the State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, the Western Residence of the Governor, or on the grounds of any of these buildings".
Representatives Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) are two of eight GOP members joining all House Democrats voting to oppose the bill.
But Wednesday's vote in the House was a sign of discomfort with the bill that crosses party lines. Under current law, misdemeanor offenders can't get a concealed pistol license but can still openly carry and own weapons.
Numerous arguments centered around differing interpretations of the Second Amendment.
Bill sponsor Rep. Chris Millis (R-Hampstead) said the proposal was narrowly constructed so that it "does not weaken sanctions against people who are not qualified" to own a handgun. The bill would require they decide within 90 days of the application, regardless of when they receive the records.
The bill would also make it easier for troubled 18-year-olds to impulsively confront antagonists with weapons that had been concealed, Faircloth said.
However, there is strong support for HB 746. Lee Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, said that criminals do not obey current gun laws and won't obey future gun laws.
The four-term Republican legislator observed that the proposal puts no limit on the number of weapons a person could hide, raising the possibility that gang members could designate someone without a criminal record to travel with them carrying a backpack filled with firearms so they would have access to lethal weapons in a heartbeat. "This legislation simply expands self-defense options for law-abiding citizens", Mortensen said in a statement.
Gun control advocates and even some law enforcement leaders have said they worry that if the bill passes, people would be able to carry concealed without having gone through training. "North Carolina will become the fourteenth state to adopt permitless concealed carry". They can't be taken up until after the Legislature returns from a summer break in September.
Grass Roots N.C. President Paul Valone emailed members the home addresses, photographs and other contact information for lobbyists working for gun-control groups.